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Five popular festivals in South Africa

Feb 07, 2023 10:00AM ● By Minna Davies

South Africa is a vibrant country with an array of cultural activities, festivals and celebrations. From music to art and food, each event gives you a glimpse into the daily life of South Africans. These five popular festivals in South Africa are sure to leave you captivated. From the annual The Soweto Wine Festival to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, these events celebrate the diversity and heritage of South Africa’s people while offering something for everyone. 

The Cape Town Jazz Festival

The Cape Town Jazz Festival is one of the most popular festivals in South Africa. Held annually in late March, the festival attracts jazz lovers from all over the world.

In its 20th year, the festival features over 100 different acts performing across 10 different stages. There's something for everyone at the Cape Town Jazz Festival, whether you're a fan of traditional jazz or more modern styles.


With such a huge range of talent on offer, it's no wonder that the Cape Town Jazz Festival is one of the most popular events on the South African calendar. If you're looking for a truly memorable experience, make sure you don't miss out on this incredible event.


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The Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival is held every year in Durban, and attracts film lovers from all over the country.

The festival showcases a wide range of films, from local productions to international releases. There are also a number of special events and screenings that take place during the festival.

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Oppikoppi takes place annually in the town of Northam, Limpopo Province. The festival was founded in 1994 by a group of friends who wanted to create a music festival that would be inclusive and accessible to all.

Since its inception, Oppikoppi has grown exponentially, and now attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. The festival features a wide range of local and international music acts, as well as arts and culture events.


Over the years, Oppikoppi has become known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and is considered one of the best music festivals in Africa. If you're looking for a fun-filled weekend of music and good vibes, Oppikoppi is the perfect event for you!


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Rocking the Daisies

Each year, music lovers from all over South Africa flock to the small town of Darling for the annual Rocking the Daisies music festival. The three-day event features a wide variety of local and international acts, as well as a number of other activities such as camping, yoga, and food trucks.


Rocking the Daisies has become one of the most popular festivals in South Africa, and tickets always sell out fast. If you're lucky enough to snag a ticket, you're in for an unforgettable weekend of great music and good vibes.

Soweto Wine Festival

The Soweto Wine Festival is held annually in the township of Soweto, just outside Johannesburg. The festival celebrates the local wine industry and features wine tastings, food stalls, live music, and more. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of South African wine while enjoying some of the best wines the country has to offer.


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 Minna Davies is a creative writer and a thespian with a degree in theatre arts from the University of Lagos.  He has been privileged to have some of his works featured on Nigeria's big stages.  It is important to dream, but if no one gets to see it, it is as good as dead. 

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